Pump-Up Beats

My experience producing my podcast was actually pretty difficult, considering I’ve never used GarageBand before. I had no previous experience with audio editing so that made it extremely tough. I found myself learning for an hour how to at least use GarageBand because I had used it before. However, after a while of learning how to use it, it actually got a lot easier and I became a little more comfortable with using GarageBand.

On RedLetterMedia.com I watched the Ghostbusters review video. I first noticed all of the background sounds in the video, before the reviewers even spoke. The camera angles were pretty simple because it kept showing the three guys who reviewed the film talking, or the camera panned to one of the guys. The camera angle was straight for the most part and it wasn’t shifting really. I like how they showed different movie reviews that popped into the screen. They zoomed in on the movie reviews by using different kind of effects. There were also different scenes from other movies that they showed in this review and there was a nice transition of different audio sounds. The guys doing the movie review, most likely have small microphones attached to their shirts to make their voices heard loudly. Then, the audio team probably is going to take what they say and increase the volume more. There are also parts of the review, where they are showing a video of Ghostbusters with no sound, while the reviewers are talking over the clip.

I never knew how much audio and editing is involved in all of the shows and entertainment that we watch. A simple movie review, like the Ghostbusters one really showed many different areas of audio and editing that I would have never realized if I wasn’t paying attention to it. It’s easy to forget about zooming effects, microphones, camera angles when watching shows.

Editing Images

“By the 2000s the floodgates started to open wide, especially with the spread of cheaper internet connections” (Coleman, 109). At this time everyone started using the internet in masses. Coleman wrote that blogs, wikis, and social networking sites were being built at this time and were becoming increasingly popular. Therefore more and more people were having access to image editing tools such as Photoshop and eventually many more.

In our generation everyone edits images through various social media applications. Whether it’s changing the filters in a Snapchat picture, or changing the lighting of an Instagram picture, editing an images are a constant daily occurrence. Before posting a photo on Instagram, people first check the picture to see if it looks good to post so all of their followers can see it. Then, users check their filters to try to add a nice little touch to their picture. They do this by changing the brightness of the picture. They may also add a caption on their image. The same goes for Snapchat too.

I have edited images using Snapchat and Instagram, but other than that the last time that I edited images was my junior year of high school when I took a class called Digital Imaging. The first thing we learned in that class was how to use Adobe Photoshop. And, the first project that the teacher assigned to us was to put a picture of our self with images of our favorite things coming out of our heads. It was just a basic project to teach us how to edit the images that we chose and how to format it on the page. We also had to learn how to create a background for our project through Photoshop. However, all of that was 5 years ago, so now I don’t even remember how to use Photoshop at all and I haven’t really edited an image to that extent since.